End of printed O.E.D. is Q.E.D.

Today’s New York Times presents more proof — if any more was needed — that the printed book is doomed.

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for an article by Virginia Heffernan, titled Lexigraphical Longing.

Virginia interviewed the current editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, Jesse Shiedlower, who confirms that Oxford University Press has no intention of ever printing another paper edition. The last printed edition was published in 1989.

Now, to access the Oxford English Dictionary, one needs to subscribe to the online edition through www.OED.com.

So printed versions of dictionaries and encyclopedias (encyclopediae? Man, I need to look that up) are toast. What’s your guess at the next book genre to pass over the great divide to digital and online only?

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